Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refused to acknowledge the overlap between criminal political violence and leftism on Sunday during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper for State of the Union.
“There should not be any violence associated with politics in America,” said Sanders.
Tapper did not ask Sanders about the ubiquity of criminal violence and threats used by leftists across college and university campuses to shut down dissident political events. Also ignored was widespread criminal violence and threats across left-wing political riots and protests.
Sanders claimed to have had hundreds of thousands of volunteers during his 2016 presidential campaign:
“In our campaign, we had hundreds of thousands of volunteers. We had rallies that spoke in person to over 1.4 million people. We had rallies in some of the poorest communities in states. There was zero violence. No violence, at all. And I am absolutely convinced that the overwhelming — not overwhelming, virtually all people associated with our political movement — understand you have the right to stand up, debate, you have the right to protest, but violence is not acceptable.”
“Racial justice," “social justice,” and “economic justice,” said Sanders, would only be realized through strategies of “non-violence.” Tapper did not ask for definitions of the aforementioned categories of justice.
Sanders suggested that rhetoric inciting violence was equally distributed between the left and right: "I think that sometimes there is rhetoric on all sides that are not quite acceptable."
Wednesday's attempted mass murder of Republican representatives in Alexandria, VA, was committed by a left-wing "progressive" Democrat who supported Sanders' politics.
"Islamophobia," said Sanders, was a widespread phenomenon across America. Tapper accepts the legitimacy of terms such as "Islamophobia" and "Islamophobic," as if they describe psychological pathologies. CNN's producers misspelled the latter nonsensical left-wing term via chyron:
The Democrat Party, said Sanders, was insufficiently left-wing. It must become more "progressive," he added, if it wants to "turn around its fortune."
Watch the segment below:
Tapper presents himself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media figure. CNN similarly presents itself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media outlet, billing itself as “The Most Trusted Name In News.”
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